MIT Sloan students are collaborating with a Cambridge startup to transform how people with autism interact with their families, teachers, and caregivers. The students are working with Brain Power LLC, which develops a range of software applications that run on Google Glass. The applications provide a “gamified” environment its developer says allows autistic children to engage the outside world and measure their growth. The MIT Sloan students are spending a semester researching the market opportunities and obstacles to the product’s success.
Steve Burt, MBA ’15, a member of the team working with Brain Power, volunteered with autistic children at the Boston non-profit Best Buddies before arriving at MIT Sloan. Burt said he was eager to work with an enterprise involved with autism at a critical moment its development. “I am very interested in getting involved in real companies, to make a real difference,” Burt said. “This is an opportunity I don’t know if you’d get anywhere else.” Burt and his MIT Sloan colleagues—Steve Fuller, LGO ’15, Arturo Romero, SF ’15, and Keisuke Suzuki, SF ’15—get this opportunity through Healthcare Lab, one of 16 MIT Sloan Action Learning programs. Each lab stresses learning by doing, matching teams of students with businesses to help solve their complex problems. Read more at MIT Sloan.